48 Hours of Freedom

It’s the weekend. You can spend it obsessing over the economy, or you can get out and enjoy your money while you still have it. Here are some other suggestions for your precious days of total freedom, prepared for you by Boston Daily.

We love the Boston Pops when they’re performing on their own. But add in stars like John Mayer, Yo-Yo Ma, and Sting? It’s like Woodstock for adult contemporary fans. Chris Botti and the Boston Pops will be recorded for a PBS fundraiser, but you can see it live tonight.

Get your strength up for tomorrow’s rock ‘n roll at the Farm Aid Eve Dinner. Henrietta’s Table serves up a farm fresh al fresco buffet, and local musician Will Dailey will perform. Proceeds benefit family farmers.

That JoJo is just so darn cute. Admire pictures of her and other celebrities at the Alzheimer’s Association Champions Photo Exhibit.

It leaves the city a little fiercer than when the week began. Boston Fashion Week ends tonight. Catch a fashion show by Nigel Ramsay, or see which local designers will catch the fancy of the media and retail buyers at Fashion Expose. And don’t forget about the afterparties.

Alanis Morissette wrote a song about irony that wasn’t ironic, which is the greatest irony of all! Mull this over as the ’90s alt-chick goddess plays the Orpheum.

Be sure to wear your stretchy purple pants for the Phantom Gourmet Food Festival. Gluttons can sample foods from 80 local restaurants, and a VIP ticket will get you into a private performance by Ernie and the Automatics.

After watching the economy unravel all week, we could use a good laugh. The finals of the Boston Comedy Festival get underway at the Culter Majestic. The winner of the contest gets a cash prize. Be sure to keep your winnings out of the stock market, guys.

Farmers are also feeling the pinch during these troubled times. Help them out and enjoy some great music at Farm Aid 2008. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, the Dave Matthews Band, and others perform.

Mmm. Garlic. That’s really all there is to say about the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Well, there’s probably more. But they had us at “garlic.”

We’ve attended the South End Open Studios for the past few years, and we still haven’t seen all the artists who participate. Wear sneakers, stay hydrated, and enjoy the various works.

When the words “vintage” and “yardsale” appear in a sentence together, we usually have visions of bedbugs and pit-stained Dress Barn shirts circa 1995. But when those words are associated with Bobby from Boston, we’re totally there. Most of their vintage threads are for men, but the ladies may find some treasures too.

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend. Enjoy the precious few warm days left before the snows start by checking out the Ipswich Ale Harvest Festival. There will be plenty of beer on tap, along with a clambake.

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